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Isaiah 65:17-21; John 4:43-54

While the readings promise us healing in the afterlife, I wonder if the gospel is not telling us that the miracle of healing can be experienced in this life as well?  Many skeptics say that miracles do not happen these days.  It seems we rarely recognize the miracles around us or, when we do, we attribute them to the cleverness of man rather than the bountiful gifts of the Lord.  God gave us the intellect that enables man to invent vaccines and antibiotics.  He gave us our miraculous immune systems that defeat so many potential illnesses before they become manifested.

Most of us reading these reflections have lifestyles that include abundant food, excellent water, good sanitation - these are daily miracles that keep our bodies healthy.   But could we hold onto our faith if we lived in a less privileged circumstance?  Would we be strong enough to maintain our faith if we had experienced the losses of those in Mozambique?  Or if illness took someone we loved despite our fervent prayers and the miracles of modern medicine?   Lent may be a time to ponder our faith and God’s love, so that we may rejoice in the daily miracles he has given us as well as the ultimate gift of his son and the promise of salvation.  It may also be a time to think about the message of love for others Jesus brought us and to consider how, with our abundant gifts, we can extend his miracles to those less fortunate.

By Barb Braden


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